Tuesday July 28 2020
Mihajlovic: 'Fiorentina fans always jeered me'

Sinisa Mihajlovic admits his rapport with Fiorentina fans was poor, as he visits with Bologna tomorrow. ‘They jeered me even when we won games.’

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“We’ll certainly make some changes compared to the Lecce game, but I haven’t decided yet,” said the coach in his press conference after a 3-2 thriller.

“I thank the players and staff, because for the second year running we’ve achieved our objective. The next step will be moving from comfortable safety to fighting for a place in Europe. We have to change our mental attitude, be more calm and not unravel so quickly on an emotional level. I am convinced that next year will be better.

“There are six points up for grabs and we’ll try to get them all. I don’t play to draw. I only ever play to win. I might not get there, but I won’t ever settle beforehand. What counts for me is the attitude shown in training and during the game. I want courage.”

The coach has been harsh on Riccardo Orsolini and is trying to get him to step up to the next level.

“I think Federico Chiesa is at a more advantaged stage compared to Riccardo at the moment, but so much depends on him. I would like to see both of them playing for Italy in the Euros next summer.”

Mihajlovic is up against one of his former clubs and reveals his rapport with the Fiorentina fans was anything but idyllic.

“They jeered me even when we won games. I don’t have good memories in that sense. I was much happier at Torino and given a warm welcome. I was sad to be sacked there, but that’s football.”